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A utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman portraying a society devoid of men.


This book contains examples of:

  • Asexuality: The women of Herland have no concept of sexual attraction or pleasure. Additionally, they are able to reproduce through parthenogenesis, so for them, sex is obsolete.
  • Designer Babies: A result of preventing undesirables to give birth.
  • Gendercide: Herland was founded in the wake of a civil war which killed off all of the men in the country.
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  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Van presents this as the reason why Ellador cannot wrap her mind around the concept of non-reproductive sex. Terry takes a similar, albeit dimmer, view.
  • Marital Rape License: Terry firmly believes that marrying Alima means that he can "master" her at will. His Attempted Rape of her causes his eventual banishment from Herland.
  • One-Gender Race: Obviously.

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